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I am looking at either a Kia Teluride or a Hyundia Palasade. I am looking into them because they offer a V6 with 5000 pound towing capacity. I know the 4 cylinder engines have been having minor problems like catching fire and blowing up. What about the V6's?

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Mr Bob Long Island NY

I decided on another Sorento but this time it was a 2019 with the 3.3L V6. They discontinued offering the V6 in the 21 Sorento. It tows my boat just fine. I bought a 2021 Sorento brand new back in December 2020. It has plenty of power with the non-turbo 2.4L but the towing is limited to 2000 lbs. The 2019 is rated at 5000. I did not want to risk voiding the warranty of the new one. I traded in a 2011 Santa-Fe which they gave me almost what I paid for it new ! I will say the V6 Sorento is a gas hog but who cares. My wive uses it for grocery shopping around town. Once a year I will use it to tow my boat to Lake George.

I have had 5 hyundai/Kia products and they all ran fine. The engines did not blow up and the cars never broke down or left me stranded. More than I can say for the mid 90's chevy's they replaced. The big difference is the dealers. The Kia and to a lessor extent the Hyundai dealers keep pestering you with "We got to close this deal today". The fast hustle and the big rush. I just walked in for pete's sake! They might all be that way these days. The new normal.

I take it from most of the answers no one has much experience with the KMA/HMA V6. Does the 3.3LV6 made by Kia / Hyundai have a timing belt or chain? That seems to be a big issue.

Seems like everyone has a lot of experience with Toyota and Honda. That indicates to me they must break a lot.

I remember Cadillac's original slogan was "We don't know how long they last because we have never had one brake down". When I lived upstate every farm had a Cadillac off to the side with trees growing out of it.

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You’re literally playing with fire with these vehicles, but okay..


See below:  overall, while I recommend to stay away from all Hyundai Motor Group products if you really want one just lease it and return before the warranty expires.

That’s assuming it doesn’t burn to the ground before the warranty/lease is up.


Look over all the problems that have been reported here and elsewhere with Hyundai/Kia vehicles. You'll be sorry if you buy one of those things.

MrBob owns or has owned several Hyundai Motor Group products and for the most part been lucky - I doubt he will change his mind anytime soon.

I guess if you get one that doesn't burn to the ground or have an engine that self-destructs you might be OK for something like 100K miles. For someone that trades frequently that might work for them if they're lucky. I'm not a gambling man myself and would steer clear.

I have had my share of headaches but I attribute them more toward the dealers then the cars. I am on my 5th Hyundai and all have served me well. I used to buy Chevy's until the dealer I liked closed. I just bought a Kia Sorento in December and I am happy with it. The dealer on the other hand does not have a clue. Luckily I can do my own basic maintenance. Little by little I learned how to do brakes, wheel hubs, steering racks and fluid changes. You just can't drive like a maniac and you have to keep up the maintenance. Drive it like a race car and forget to change the oil and yes the engine will catch fire.


I thought we gave you advice before about Kia in your previous posts. Are you still not convinced?

Some people’s minds will never be changed, especially if they had decent experiences with those vehicles - and seems MrBob has been fortunate/lucky.

True I have had 2 Hyundai's and 2 Kia's and they both worked just fine and had decent resale value. My advice is keep up with the oil changes and don't drive like a maniac. The two Hyundai's lasted over 200K miles and were 10 and 13yrs old when I traded them in. The big drawback are the dealers. They are slick and fast. They will try to sell you all this extra stuff you don't need. The last dealer wanted $9000.00 for an extended warranty, key fob insurance and wheel insurance. You know what I do if a bend a wheel. I go to a junkyard and buy 2 wheels that fit and put them on one side so each side matches. You can get some good looking wheels with tires already mounted donated by some adolescent who wrapped dads car around a tree.


Two thumbs down.


Well, Toyota Highlander has a 5,000 LB towing capacity. You'll be happier in the long run.

I had a Toyota Celica back in the 70's. That car was great but after 2 years the paint faded and started peeling off. The alternator went and I could not get one. The dealer put in a GM with an aftermarket adapter bracket. It had a 4 speed. It was lousy in snow. I remember having a flat and breaking 3 of the four studs on that wheel when I tried to break them loose. I took a stud out of another wheel so I limped home with two wheel having two studs. It also had these miniature round sealed beams as headlight which cost a fortune to replace. I sold the car after 3 years and by that time it was a rust bucket. I am told they are better these days. They are just so dam expensive. The Hyundai's are 20% cheaper in the high trims than the low trim Toyotas.


Here you go, Mr. Bob:  Information on the 3.8L V6 Lamda II (scroll down to bottom for issues and reliability information)

Also has similar problems has the 3.3L version.  See below for that:

As I said before, you have to look at the complete package not just the powertrain.  If you like the vehicle, just lease it.

Thanks. That's a great site. I especially like the Toyota section. Toyota's are not immune from there share of engine problems. In any event I got the information I was looking for. Scotti and the gang do it again. Keep up the good work.

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Buy the way any one have an opinion on the 3.3L V6 GDI? That was the question. Answers like "We warned you" and "If it doesn't burn down to the ground....." don't tell me much. I have tried in vane to find something about these engines either up or down with no luck. They have been around for about 15 years. There is lots of stuff about the 4's blowing up and catching fire.

We are talking about the vehicle as a whole. Whenever you consider a vehicle for purchase, you have to look at the whole picture not just the powertrain. So the engine could be ultra reliable for sake of argument, but the rest of the vehicle could be the weak link. Given Hyundai’s track record with their vehicles, I wouldn’t trust it.  Just lease it if you really like it.

Either way, you have your mind made up regarding Hyundai Motor Group Products. Not sure anything we say will change that.

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You have a valid point. In ten years it will all be moot. We will be living in a nirvana filled with electric cars.

Unfortunately I have one of the most destructive things you can subject a car to. It's not upstate road salt. It's not Long-island traffic. It's the most dreaded destructive force on the planet. Kids! When they are young they rip the seats up and barf when your not looking along with other bodily fluids. When they are teenagers you need the 3rd row seat for separation especially if you hauling a bunch of them. When I was a kid we roughhoused in the back seat. Now they wine about not having enough USB jacks to charge their phones. Do I want to spend an extra six thousand dollars on a Highlander only to watch it suffer Godzilla on Tokyo like destruction when a Kia will do. I just traded in a perfectly good working 2011 Santa-Fe which still looks in pristine condition on the outside. Behind the front row was a barren scene of desolation. From the rip in the leather from sharp object my daughter was wielding at the age of two to the cracked window from the hockey stick or was it the sled last winter. Not a piece of trim , not s shred of upholstery was spared.  From the rips in the carpeting to the broken armrest. Even the ceiling! I just don't feel as bad when it happens to a Kia. That's what Kia's are made for: Kids. The kids ruin them long before they wear out. When I am retired I will kick back and drive a Lexus which will last for twenty years. For now like the sacrificial reentry shield on Apollo spacecraft the Hyundai/Kia group make the sacrificial car that keeps on going despite having every thing behind the front sheet shredded to bits.

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